Sheep in a Jeep

Common Sense Media says

Funny things happen with a sheep behind the wheel.





What parents need to know

Educational value

Sheep in a Jeep can be a fun learning-to-read book, as the simple rhymes (sheep, jeep, steep; shove, above) help early readers recognize letter combinations and the sounds they make.

Positive messages

When things go wrong, work together to come up with a solution.

Positive role models

The sheep don't look where they're going, but they are pretty good at solving problems when they get into trouble.

Violence & scariness

The sheep fall out of their jeep when it slides into the mud, and later they crash into a tree, but the only thing harmed is the jeep.

Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Nancy Shaw's popular board book Sheep in a Jeep amuses young children with funny cause-and-effect situations and silly illustrations of sheep driving and getting into trouble. The jeep slides into mud and crashes into a tree, but none of the animals are hurt. This rhyming book makes a nice learning-to-read tool, with its rhymes and repeating letter/sound combinations, and it shows problem solving, such as when the sheep ask some muddy pigs to help them push their jeep back onto the road. Some editions include instructions at the end of the book to make a fluffy cotton-ball sheep. Kids who enjoy Sheep in a Jeep may also enjoy Nancy Shaw's other sheep books, including Sheep Blast Off.

What's the story?

In Nancy Shaw's SHEEP IN A JEEP, several fluffy, plump sheep are wedged into a red jeep, driving down a country road. When the jeep stalls, the sheep get out to push the jeep over a small hill. However, the sheep don't notice that the road on the downhill side leads to a pit of mud. The sheep try to pull their jeep out of the mud using a rope, but they're not strong enough. They enlist the help of two big pigs who rescue the jeep, and the sheep rejoice. The sheep resume their drive, but this time, the driver doesn't notice that they're heading toward a large tree. The jeep crashes and is ruined (though all the sheep are fine). In the end, the sheep put a sign on the tree that says, "Jeep for sale."

Is it any good?


Sheep in a Jeep is a funny, slapstick rhyming book. Kids will enjoy the delightful illustrations of cheerful, plump sheep, and will laugh at their predictable mishaps. This book also makes a good teaching tool for early readers, as rhymes help kids recognize repeating sounds and letter combinations.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cause and effect: What happens when the sheep don't look ahead when they're driving?

  • Sheep in a Jeep has lots of rhymes. What words rhyme with "sheep"?

  • Try making your own fluffy sheep by doing the activity at the end of the book.

Book details

Author:Nancy Shaw
Illustrator:Margot Apple
Topics:Cars and trucks, Horses and farm animals
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:October 28, 1988
Number of pages:32
Publisher's recommended age(s):2 - 5
Read aloud:2 - 5
Read alone:5 - 6
Available on:Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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